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Use Your “B.R.A.I.N.S” My Proven Strategy for “Effective” Social Justice Campaigns

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One World By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World
Use Your Brains for effectiveness.
Use Your Brains for effectiveness.

Build

We should always be ready to explain and understand the use of creativity and timing to “Build” momentum. PR and media will always help move the cause forward, and galvanize hundreds. Highly Promote your mission and mission Statement.

Revolutionize

Understand the economy of the action and how success requires winning decisive engagements quickly. In this section, we must keep in mind successful campaigns require limiting the cost of competition and conflict and maximizing that cost to your opposition. This knowledge will provide your cause with “change”-This is the heart of a “Revolutionary” effort.

 Assessment

Prior to starting a detailed “Assessment” and Planning- explore and checklist the fundamental factors including the opposing leadership and management also the major elements that determine the outcome of your engagement. By thinking, assessing and comparing these points, we can better calculate our chances of victory. Habitual deviation from these calculations will ensure failure via improper action. Stress to your team that your effort is a very grave matter and must not be commenced without due consideration.

Intelligence

“Intelligence.” Focus on the importance of developing good information sources, and what specified types of intelligence sources are needed. Know how to best manage each of them. Always select someone in the leadership to continue a consistent flow of information.

 Note

“Note” the disposition of the Campaign know the importance of defending existing position until the end of the campaign a beyond. Throughout the campaign, we must recognize, note and look for strategic opportunities, and in addition we must not create opportunities for the enemy.

Strategy

“Strategic”  When you (group) attack always define the main source of strength is unity, not size, and discuss all factors that would be needed to succeed in your campaign. In order of importance, these critical factors are Attack, Strategy, Alliances, opposition, and location.

 

 

 

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The Necessity for Urban Christian Leadership Part 3

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One WorldBy Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

Leadership is a missing commodity in our world today.  As we install the third article in our series The Need for Urban Christian Leadership Part 3 we must review this fact. We can search every church, every temple, synagogues, civic organization, mosque and more, then we will not be able to find the much-needed change. I once read the following fact which I very much agree with. The fact concerns issues that are major problems facing our leaders and worldwide communities on a global basis.

The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism faces our society daily
The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism faces our society daily
  • The Threat of Nuclear Terrorism.
  • Global warning and environmental destruction.
  • The Conflict between Nationalism and Globalism in Nations around the world.
  • The growing discontent of U.S. Citizens and their social culture due to declining literacy, and Racial Strife .

These problems are a constant threat to our very existence, and as we enter into a new world and new day and age we must consistently seek change. At best inspired leadership can transform and renew our organizations, to motivate a certain vitality that would change the world. 

Three Principles for Effective Urban Christian Leaders

#1

Every effective leader needs advice and seeks advice. The ability to listen to the advice of others is the mark of a great leader

Proverbs 11:14 – For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure.

Proverbs 25:4,5 – Remove the dross from silver and out comes material for the silversmith; remove the wicked from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.

 

Characteristics of a Good Leader – Awareness of his Influence

#2

In almost every era, no country has been able to rise above its leaders. For better or worse, people become like those they follow.

Proverbs 29:2 – When the righteous thrive, people rejoice; when the wicked rule, people groan.

Proverbs 29:14 – If a king judges the poor with fairness, his throne will always be secure.

Characteristics of a good leader-Service to Others

#3

Each of us has something to offer. We can give our money and our time to charity, be a friend to someone who is sick or lonely, do volunteer work, or be a peacemaker, teacher or minister. We may choose a service-oriented occupation, or we may just do our everyday jobs with integrity and respect for others.

The Bible tells us that Jesus is the ultimate model of taking time for the poor, the outcasts, and children. He was naturally drawn to the weak who needed an advocate. We are not meant to live hard-hearted or self-centered lives.

Matthew 25:31-46 – A greedy, miserly life leaves us devoid of anything but an empty craving for more possessions, more power or more status. 

 
John 13:1-17 – Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

Jesus was always active in making disciples, He recognized that His earthly sojourn was short. Therefore he invested his time in the training of disciples to continue the work. He was both their Master Teacher and their Master Trainer. While teaching and training are obviously related, teaching usually connotes the importation of knowledge, whereas training suggests formation or qualification through practice and discipline.

 

 

Preparation for leadership

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The disciples’ preparation for leadership certainly involved the receiving of knowledge, but spiritual growth was uppermost. They needed an experience in the things of God, of faith, of hardship, of sanctification, and of self-sacrifice, along with an intellectual understanding of doctrine and theology. Knowledge alone was insufficient preparation for the rigorous challenges ahead. Jesus gave them both, and so must we!

 

The Necessity for Urban Christian Leadership

(This Article is an Excerpt From the book The Necessity for Urban Christian Leadership available 1-10-2015

 

The Need for Urban Christian Leadership. Book release 10-31-2014
(The Need for Urban Christian Leadership. Book release 1-10-2015)

 

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The Lessons of Ferguson and Beyond-Several Ways to Combat Violence, Prevent, and maintain a community that fosters Accountability not Punishment!

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One World The Lessons of Ferguson and Beyond-Several Ways to Combat Violence, Prevent, and maintain a community that fosters Accountability not Punishment!

By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

 

In Ferguson, Missouri the town that was rocked with protests over police On Saturday, August 9, 2014, when an unarmed 18-year-old male, Michael Brown, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer many in the community around the country where not surprised to hear of multiple stories of police abuse that had taken place. While the Justice Department has launched a broad investigation into the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of Mike Brown, many African-American residents still feel that the situation is hopeless and are still very frustrated.  In order to effect change we (residents) must strive to repair the harm caused by crime to individual victims and communities, the focus must be two-sided, that means prevention of Police Brutality as well as prevention of a culture that chronic criminal offenders are punished on all sides is much needed.

 

In an a recent interview with CBS "Sunday Morning Marquis Govan a resident that is 11 years old, argued for change
In an a recent interview with CBS “Sunday Morning Marquis Govan a resident that is 11 years old, argued for change

In an a recent interview with CBS “Sunday Morning Marquis Govan a resident that is 11 years old, argued for change,” Govan shared his vision for Ferguson, saying he thinks one way to improve things is for the town to hire more African-American police officers. But Govan told CBS’ Jane Pauley there’s a reason you don’t see many minorities on the police force.

 Look, let me tell you why: From the beginning we’ve felt abused by these people. Why would you go up to serve among the abusers? It doesn’t make any sense,” Govan said.

 

While, many would dismiss the point of view of an 11 year old, Marquis Govan does make an effective augment. To fight police abuse effectively, communities must have realistic expectations. You must not expect too much of any one remedy because no single remedy will cure the problem. A “mix” of reforms is required. And even after citizen action has won reforms, your community must keep the pressure on through monitoring and oversight to ensure that the reforms are actually implemented.

Nonetheless, even one person, or a small group of persistent people, can make a big difference. Sometimes outmoded and abusive police practices prevail largely because no one has ever questioned them.

 

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CONTROL-Starts with You!

Most people (residents) don’t get it! -The community is the nexus of community justice; therefore, each individual community must began to understand that community is the preferred source of problem solving and citizens work to prevent victimization, provide conflict resolution and maintain peace. The community, including individual victims and offenders, must become the ultimate partner of the justice system for every residents safety and well-being. Here are some basic suggestions;

(The goals listed are suggestions that will ultimately provide a safe environment for all if your community or it’s officials are in any way in opposition to any goal that will promote betterment. Fight for it! Period!)

CONTROLLING THE POLICE — COMMUNITY GOALS

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Control of Police Shootings

Oversight of Police Policy

Equal Employment Opportunity for Police Force. and City Offices

Certification and Licensing of Police Officers

Accreditation of Your Police Department

 

ORGANIZING STRATEGIES— For Communities

Build Coalitions

Monitor the Police (Keep a Database)co

Use Open Records Laws

Educate the Public

Use the Political Process to Win Reforms (bad Judges, and Prosecutors must go!)

Lobby For State Legislation

 

 

Restorative and Community Justice Forums

Everyone makes mistakes-but “Restorative Justice,” is an approach to justice that doesn’t focus on the needs of the victims and the offenders, it also involves the community, instead of satisfying abstract legal principles or punishing the offender. The emphasis is on meeting the needs of and strengthening the community-Not Punishment which is the basis of the Criminal Justice System!

Community justice is a strategic method of crime reduction and prevention, which builds or enhances partnerships within communities. Community justice policies confront crime and delinquency through proactive, problem-solving practices aimed at prevention, control, reduction and reparation of the harm crime has caused.

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 Positive effects of a comprehensive community justice strategy:

Includes both adult and juvenile offenders;

Focuses on creating safer communities rather than on doing things to or for offenders;

Pursues the goal of public safety within a scope of preventing victimization;

Places a high priority on the rights and needs of victims and the community;

Seeks harmonious working relations among all justice components and practices, citizens, community and social service organizations, educational systems, and faith communities;

Focuses on problems causing as well as caused by crime; and

Promotes correctional programming that is based on sound research and measurable for effectiveness.

 

 Why we need Restorative/Community Justice

Restorative justice is a practice centered on the idea that justice can be about healing instead of simply “punishment.” It emphasizes repairing harms rather than punishing crimes, giving victims and offenders the opportunity to engage in dialogue around the harm itself, assessing the impact on the victim and outlining the steps necessary to ensure offender accountability and meet the victim’s needs.

Victims take an active role in the process, while offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions, “to repair the harm they’ve done—by apologizing, returning stolen money, or community service”. Restorative justice involves both victim and offender and focuses on their personal needs. In addition, it provides help for the offender in order to avoid future offences. It is based on a theory of justice that considers crime and wrongdoing to be an offence against an individual or community.

 

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Recognize and Resolve the problem!

These efforts help to create and maintain a vital, healthy, safe and just community where crime and delinquency cannot flourish is key. Crime is confronted by addressing social disorder, criminal activities and behavior, and by holding offenders accountable for the harm they cause to victims and the community. Working to prevent crime and its harmful effects; doing justice by addressing problems rather than merely complaining, processing cases; and promoting community protection through proactive, problem-solving work practices plus interventions go along way into changing criminal behavior behavior. In short, no one deserves to lose their life for something that could have been avoided, and some cases-stories of justice may be push the limits above and beyond right and wrong. Then you must fight for your rights!

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September 11, 2001-A Day of Remembrance

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 (One World) Thought of the Day

 

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On this day 13 years ago many thousands of innocent people lost their lives due to someone’s evil expression of hate. We as a people must remember all those we lost and we must now allow their legacy to motivate our desire for a better world. Organized Love will always win over concentrated hate. Just as true brotherhood will always win over separatism. Peace, Love and tolerance toward another human being is no longer a choice, we must make this our lifestyle.

Abraham Lincoln said, “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection

In communities, around the world this must be a core message.

 

 

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A Letter to the Grand Wizard of the KKK-Concerning Statements of Mike Brown’s Killing

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By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

Thomas Robb, also known as Thom Robb, is the national director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
Thomas Robb, also known as Thom Robb, is the national director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

On August 24, 2014 Thomas Robb KKK or Klu Klux Klan National Director posted a disgusting story called, Goodbye Mike Brown – Hello White Genocide  concerning The Mike Brown Shooting on the KKK website. The page began by stating, ” Mike Brown’s parents blame institutional racism for the death of their son, perhaps they should point the finger back at themselves.” This move has caused a major stink, amongst civil rights advocates and amounts to big problems for Robb.  (First, a history and  some additional background on Thomas Robb)

Thomas Robb is an Arkansas-based “alleged”  (as he fashions himself as a Christian Identity Pastor) in addition to being the head of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which he took over in the 1980s after the departure of David Duke-who was his mentor-Robb took over leadership of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

In His Own Words:

“When the Negro was under the natural discipline of white authority, white people were safe from the abuse and violence of the Negro, but the Negro was also safe from himself.”
 – Editorial in The Torch, April 1990
 Rather than the traditional title of “Imperial Wizard,” Robb opted for the less-charged “National Director.” Robb took up Duke’s strategy of using the Internet to reach a wider audience, giving the false appearance of an explosion in Klan growth. Robb also attempted to start a family oriented Klan camp, aimed at creating a “kinder, gentler” image for the  Klan. 

According to data from Southern Poverty Law Center In the aftermath of President Obama’s election in 2008, Robb characterized what he saw as a “race war … between our people, who I see as the rightful owners and leaders of this great country, and their people, the blacks.”

According to the Thomas Robb Ministries website, “We believe that the Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Scandinavian, and kindred people are The people of the Bible – God’s separated and anointed Israel.” The statement goes on to declare, “Our people must … resist the call of Satan, which the Bible says will come disguised as light and love … brotherly – interracial love.”

    

Original Image from-The KKK website.

 

More About the Article

According to recent article written in the Huffington Post by  Eternity E. Martis Huffington Post Lifestyle writer, blogger, mixed-race feminist,  “What happened to Michael Brown at the hands of a white police officer is a deep-seated fear of a never-ending nightmare for the entire Black community, especially for Black men. Due to an unfortunate stain on our history, Black men are so often rendered inferior in all totality, demonized by the myth of the brute, Black rapist, or the uneducated thug deserving of death. And while these Black men whether they are North American or from across the globe hold the tremendous burden of being feared and spurned by society, so do the women who love them.”

Rachel Pendergraft KKK Leader, and Daughter of Robb Thomas-who actually wrote the article-stated, “I’m sick and tired of hearing about the crime in majority black areas.  Maybe if they would stop harassing hard-working cops who try to keep their neighborhoods safe instead of playing the race card all the time, they wouldn’t  find themselves victims of black on black crime.  Even black cops know what problem is, if they are honest enough to admit it.  All anyone wants is for them to act – well, civilized.  Is that too much to ask?  But then again, its racist to ask them to live up to a certain standard – so we’re told.” (Rachel Pendergraft / Knights Party)

original image from the KKK article
original image from the KKK article

In a recent interview Mark Pitcavage, the director of investigative research for the Anti-Defamation League, calls this extremism.  He characterizes the  Klan as “group of hard-core whites.”  According to Mark in a recent interview from CNN-The current Klan is not one cohesive group, and is considered one of the traditional white supremacist groups, which emerged in the civil rights era.

According to Pitcavage “The situation that existed in the 1950s and ’60s simply does not exist. The white supremacists are no longer in charge. They are now fighting for the very survival of the white race, and they have to fight to protect,” said Pitcavage. “This is a fundamental difference of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1950s and today in the 21st century.”

Thomas Robb's self described KKK 1st Family
Thomas Robb’s self described KKK 1st Family

Black Life Matters!

After reading the KKK article, I realized that I heard of Thomas Robb, from my past when dealing with a Klan issue in South Carolina. In any event-I felt it was my duty to write Robb Thomas, as a Man, as a Christian Man and A Strong African-American Man.

 In America-Any of our 18-year old children should not have to fear fighting back because they fear getting shot or killed. These are not Black children, these are our children and know, the issue is the same even if it’s happening amongst white, Asian, or Black Kids-innocent human life was lost-period!  The sad part is that many African-Americans now believe their children stand a greater chance of death, because of the unfortunate situation with Brown and others. I must say, I’m inclined to agree. I must add-Black Life Matters!  and All Life Matters!

 

 My Editorial Letter to Grand Wizard Robb Thomas

 

National Director of The Knights, Pastor Thomas Robb

PO Box 2222, Harrison, AR 72601

870-427-3414

 

Mr. Thomas Robb

After reading about your allowing a character assassination of Mike Brown based on a recent article Stop White Genocide-I’m Outraged! Where is the outrage? Because of the high level of ignorance you have displayed concerning the death of an innocent young black man.

For many years you (KKK) have worked in darkness, ruthlessly, and shamefully. You have killed and attacked my people unsuspected (when their backs were turned) and wrongly, and with a sustained satanic evil at every level. In convert (not openly)- you have built jails, prisons, courtrooms and police departments. Have you no Shame! The world will never believe in you simply because for years you have operated with such a mundane, unsophisticated, unintelligent level.

Maybe in the 1920’s, 1930’s. Your Klan like violence was successfully used to control our social behavior, but still with little success. Black churches and schools were burned, teachers and children were attacked, and my people who refused to show proper deference were beaten and killed. But know this, “Black America has fought their attackers, rebuilt their churches and schools, and shot back during attacks on their communities.” While these attacks surely terrorized some, you have failed to destroy the Spiritual, cultural, and Social independence that Blacks, Latino’s, and minorities are gaining every day in our modern times.

As a Christian Pastor my people do not believe any of this hype, (never will). This Racist Propaganda written so as to try to incite young Black males, I warn you; you will only evoke us into more positive action. Every time we hear of your rallies, or see your racist literature-it does nothing but let us know that you still haven’t gotten there, also you have yet to learn the lessons afforded to you by history. Your vision of an Aryan White Nation is a mere “fantasy,” that never existed, never will! Many of your Aryan Brotherhood don’t believe in your cause that is exactly why they hide behind those sheets. They are not going to tell you this, because “openness,” is not their style.

Really what matters in the end is not what we do in good times but instead what we do when we fall short.  In this case, putting a group of people into a box based on cultural upbringing or race box is disgraceful and then putting a “Ku Klux Klan” label on is more disgraceful.  Do the right thing, Mr. Robb, apologize and take back your statement.  Most of us are good, decent, hard-working God-loving people who love our families and, regardless of how we live, we want a good life not just for us, but for everybody and we want to live in a country where our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms remain intact, without having to turn a street corner and then have our children slaughtered like livestock solely because of the color of his/her skin.

The venomous hatred that has been fueling the riots in Ferguson and the character assassination of Wilson is just a moment in time, “If you think you have problems with minorities now, just wait until we are the majority.”  Well, that day is fast approaching and when it happens yes, it will happen fast-“there will be no hills for you to run and hide.”  Already, your racist children are the minority in America and your even in sister white nations.  You can disagree, but the next couple decades will see an unprecedented demographic shift that will make the Ferguson riots seem like a “Sunday,” walk in the park. This warning, will only come once-My compassion is only because I know the serious misjudgment (error) you make that will only bring you pain. For my part-I will debate and educate with you and your people anywhere of choice in America anytime! Black Life Matters! Abandon, this issue, I pray you hear me. Black Life Matters!  

Sincerely,

Reverend Gregg L Greer

Freedom/First-Southern Christian Leadership Conference

 

 The KKK article raises an important question: In a time when we already have compounded confusion  =everyday on mainline Cable news we have bad news 24/7 if we so choose, but what’s the psychological impact of all this exposure to tragedy ? Well, as for the KKK, many feel strongly that they’re still horrible racists with a history entrenched in bigotry and hate, so I say, “To hell with ’em.”  Obviously. (See the full KKK article at this Link) http://kkk.bz/?p=4967

 

 

 

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Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Writer and Social Activist. Greer is the Founder/Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at Contact: one1worldtoday@gmail.com. Your Thoughts and comments are welcome.